At the Commonwealth Games, India bagged two more gold medal this evening. Boxer Vikas Krishan won gold in 75 kg category and Manika Batra created history by becoming the first Indian woman table tennis player to win a singles gold at the Commonwealth Games. Sharath Kamal and G Sathiyan settled for Silver in men’s doubles.
In all, India won eight gold, three silver and one bronze on the penultimate day of the games today.
In Boxing events, five-time world champion and Olympic Bronze-medallist M C Mary Kom began the day by winning a gold medal defeating Northern Ireland’s Kristina O’Hara 5-0 in the 48-kg final. Mary Kom also became first Indian woman boxer to win a Commonwealth Gold.
Gaurav Solanki joined the top-finishers’ group in the first set of finals, when he picked up the Gold in 52 kg. Amit Panghal (49kg) and Manish Kaushik (60kg) settled for Silver medals after losing closely-contested bouts.
In shooting, Sanjeev Rajput won the gold medal in the men’s 50 metre rifle 3 positions event with a games record at the Belmont Shooting Centre.
In Athletics, 20-year old Neeraj Chopra today became the first Indian javelin thrower to claim a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games, pulling off a season’s best effort of 86.47 metres in the final.
The day’s other gold came through Somveer when he won the men’s Freestyle wrestling event in 86 kg division. Vinesh Phogat added another Gold in Wrestling by winning the women’s 50 kg freestyle event.
In Badminton, it will be all-Indian women’s singles final as both Saina Naiwal and P V Sindhu won their respective singles semi-finals today. Newly-crowned world number one Kidambi Srikanth also entered the Men’s singles final.
However, in women’s hockey, India were outplayed by England by a 6-nil margin in the bronze-medal play off encounter. In Men’s Hockey, India was defeated by England 2-1 .
With a haul of 25 Gold, 14 Silver and 15 Bronze, India have maintained their third spot in the medal standings.